The AmericaBlah intro to this is bad enough…
…kinda blowing right by the reality that, thanks to the unconscionable actions of Massachusetts gay elite back in 1989, those ‘LGBT youth’ who survive youthdom get differentiated once they go out into the workforce: The LGBs get all of the civil rights protections imaginable under state law but the Ts are relegated to a legal cardboard box under the statutory law bridge.
However, here is what the Boston Globe item said:
Gay teens in Massachusetts are far more likely to be homeless than their heterosexual peers, according to a new study from researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston.
The researchers analyzed a survey of more than 6,000 public high school students and found that approximately 25 percent of gay and lesbian teens and 15 percent of those who said they are bisexual were homeless, compared with just 3 percent of heterosexual teens who were homeless.
“It may be that their living situation is so difficult that they decide to leave home, and it may be that they are coming out and their parents are telling them, not under my roof,” said the study’s lead author, Heather Corliss, a research scientist at Children’s and an instructor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Corliss’ team analyzed the data from the 2005 and 2007 Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a comprehensive survey conducted every other year by state education and public health officials to assess teen health, such as tobacco, alcohol and drug use, and sexual orientation.
The researchers found that 34 percent of the students who said they were homeless in the survey also indicated that they were either gay, lesbian, bisexual or unsure of their sexual orientation. Of that group, 19 percent said they were gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Other studies of homeless teens have found that anywhere from 5 to 50 percent said they were not heterosexual.
But the Children’s Hospital analysis is believed to be the first one that studied the issue in the general population, in this case, in the state’s schools, whereas other studies surveyed teens on the street or living in shelters.
The Children’s study, which is being published in the American Journal of Public Health, used an expansive definition of homeless — the same one public schools are required to use under federal law to ensure homeless teens are receiving adequate education and services.
Under that definition, teens were categorized as not homeless if they indicated in the survey that they lived “at home with my parents or guardians.” Any other answer was recorded as being homeless.
Other studies have shown that teens who are homeless are much more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and engage in other risky behavior.
Corliss said she hopes those findings, combined with the results of her team’s analysis, spur more help for gay and bisexual youth.
“I hope these findings will lead to changes in communities to reduce the disparities,” Corliss said. “There has to be changes in communities, in churches, in schools, and in families so that they become more supportive” of these teens.
And here is the abstract of the study:
Objectives. We compared the prevalence of current homelessnessamong adolescents reporting a minority sexual orientation (lesbian/gay,bisexual, unsure, or heterosexual with same-sex sexual partners)with that among exclusively heterosexual adolescents.
Methods. We combined data from the 2005 and 2007 MassachusettsYouth Risk Behavior Survey, a representative sample of publicschool students in grades 9 though 12 (n=6317).
Results. Approximately 25% of lesbian/gay, 15% of bisexual,and 3% of exclusively heterosexual Massachusetts public high school students were homeless. Sexual-minority males and females had an odds of reporting current homelessness that was between4 and 13 times that of their exclusively heterosexual peers. Sexual-minority youths’ greater likelihood of being homelesswas driven by their increased risk of living separately fromtheir parents or guardians.
Conclusions. Youth homelessness is linked with numerous threats such as violence, substance use, and mental health problems. Although discrimination and victimization related to minority sexual orientation status are believed to be important causal factors, research is needed to improve our understanding ofthe risks and protective factors for homelessness and to determine effective strategies to prevent homelessness in this population.
So, lets refresh our memories about a question asked in the AmericaBlah opening:
[T]his is in Massachusetts, a state where same-sex marriage has been legal for seven years. What’s the situation like for LGBT youth in states viewed as far less gay friendly.
This is Massachusetts…
A state that enshrined a gay-consecrated, anti-trans civil rights apartheid into law 22 years ago.
This is Massachusetts…
A state that was the subject of a study that has as much to do with trans-anything as Massachusetts state civil rights statutes currently do.
What’s the situation like for LGBT youth in states viewed as far less gay friendly
What’s the situation like for trans adults in Massachusetts, viewed by the bullshit-addled masses as being LGBT-friendly because gays can get married on Sunday and then hang signs in their office windows on Monday which say ‘TRANNY SCUM NEED NOT APPLY!’?
If you’re in Massachusetts and not a current beneficiary of the Hate Crime of ’89, you already know the answer.